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Alan Hamilton

I am doubtful about skirmishers really deployed by twos at a large distance from others, before it became really useful because of black powder musket fire (from the mid-18th C. onwards). It needs a lot of special training. In previous times I would rather imagine them in a loose order. Also a slinger cannot have much protection from the shields (as a crossbowman would have) as he must do large gestures to use his sling. But I’m not saying you couldn’t send two guys ahead, if the centurion wants to; one watching around and the other shooting.

I would agree that it is unlikely in a battle line but in a patrol operation or skirmish who knows?  But then it good to question and think up alternative ways of employing forces as, no doubt, did the ancients.